John J., Student | Antioch Unified School District

” I didn’t think I could go to college.” He was accepted on the spot to Benedict College at the        18th Annual U-CAN HBCU Recruitment Fair at Antioch USD.

Belia E., Student | Twin Rivers Unified School District

Belia and her mother had been struggling to navigate the FAFSA Application, but when they attended the “Cash for College Night” that allows parents and students to meet with trained FAFSA technicians, they met a U-CAN Guidance Technician who helped them navigate the entire process. The student’s mother was so impressed with how knowledgeable and helpful the U-CAN Staff was, she requested that her daughter be apart of the U-CAN program at her high school!

 Student | Natomas Unified School District

A U-CAN student who is a “Dreamer” (A student protected under DACA Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), has become a testament to the U-CAN Guidance Technicians’ dedication to student success.  Due to her success in applying for financial aid and college, her brother– who is also a Dreamer– has inquired about the program after being denied access to higher learning due to his immigrant status.  The U-CAN Staff are eager to help their family have two success stories in the “Land of Opportunities”.

Brianna W., Student | Twin Rivers Unified School District 

Brianna was apprehensive about applying to colleges due to her GPA. After attending U-CAN meetings and talking with staff, we are proud to announce that she has to applied to four universities!

Joseph Tinsley, Director of Admissions | Stillman College 

“UCAN and Dr. Rowe met all of our expectations! Because of UCAN, we knew the students would come with their parents which is critical to us because there cannot be a disconnect between students, parents, and the institution.”

Genoa Barrow, Senior Staff Writer | Urban Living Magazine

“It’s something they hear about as their parents and teachers seek to encourage them to do their best and strive to be successful students. Now a local organization is making college even more tangible for them and others.”

Hugh Durham, College Admissions Recruiter | Howard University 

“The significance of the UCAN program is mega. This really gives students west of Missouri, in particular California, the opportunity to really be exposed to something that they would probably never even experience were it not for the UCAN college fairs.  Dr. Rowe’s mission and organization are helping so many young people realize the dream of going to college.  We know the state of California has so many great schools but this opportunity and exposure is really giving a lot of kids post-secondary options outside of California which are critical due to the highly competitive admissions process. Many students not accepted to California state schools still have a chance to go out of state – exposing them, once again, to something completely different.”

Dennis Driver, Chairman- Board of Trustees and Vice President of Human Resources | Stillman College 

“As the Chairman of Board of Trustees, I connected with Dr. Rowe and the UCAN program, because one of the things that is important to me is driving up the enrollment of Stillman College and the more students we can make aware and familiar with what Stillman has to offer; the better our chances of adding to our enrollment. Thus far, it’s been an amazing relationship.  I hosted a luncheon, a barbecue at my home in April and I expected that may be ten students but to my surprise, thirty students with parents showed up. It reinforced for me the level of interest that our students; when I say our students, I am talking specifically African Americans have in going to college…the passion is still there…the desire is still there. The fact that it was a Saturday midday and parents were taking the time out of their day to attend and support their children, further reinforced that they understand the importance that a college degree can play in terms of helping to establish a proper foundation for their children. For me, this is not a job I have to do, it is a job I want to do. ”

Kevin Truitt, Associate Superintendent | San Francisco Unified School District 

“ UCAN is a tremendous support for students because this gives them the encouragement that they need to believe in themselves, just to believe within themselves, they can go to college.  Just seeing the youth, talking to the Admissions Representatives about that specific college helps to demystify going away to college.”

Nurje Khalique, Office of Excess and Equity | San Francisco Unified School District 

“Dr. Rowe is a philanthropist; he is the father and historian of the UCAN program. We need to make sure that we keep lifting him up so that he can continue to do the work that he does. We need UCAN so desperately.”

Brit’ne Ross, Senior | Gateway High School, San Francisco CA 

“I found out about the UCAN College Fair from a school counselor, and upon 30 minutes of arriving at the fair, I got accepted into Benedict College, and received $52,000 in scholarship money.”

Dale Marsden, Superintendent | San Bernardino Unified School District
“The key to this relationship for students is that when they interact with HBCUs, they will have a high level of engagement with universities. Our data shows that HBCUs have a greater likelihood of engaging students.”

Sandra Rodriguez, Principal | San Bernardino High School
“HBCUs offers a great college fit for our students here at San Bernardino High School. They offer great rates with tuition. These schools provide a home-style environment where students feel nurtured and thrive in those environments.”

“On top of that, HBCUs value diversity. San Bernardino High School has a heavy Latino population with 80% of our students being Latino, and 16% African American. We find that HBCUs are looking for a diverse environment for their students.”

Margaret Hill, Board Member | San Bernardino Unified School District Board of Trustees & HBCU Graduate (Norfolk State University)

“The family atmosphere is great at a HBCUs. The benefits, the counselors, and academic programs are just some of the wonderful qualities of a HBCUs. It’s a universal thing. All students are welcome at HBCUs.”

Abigail Medina, Board Member | San Bernandino City Unified School District Board of Trustees 

“The benefit of HBCUs is that they offer a smaller environment for students to excel.”

Danny Tillman, Board Member | San Bernardino Unified School District Board of Trustees

“I am so excited! UCAN has given San Bernardino students the opportunity to not only interact with HBCUs, but also to attend. HBCUs are great at nurturing students, caring for students, and assisting them from admissions through graduation. UCAN empowers students to be successful.”

Faye Pointer, Community Member | City of San Bernardino 

“UCAN brings resources into the community that otherwise would not be present.”